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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 5.4% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Omaha 2.9% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 24,890. There are now 10,857 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,941 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,092. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,033 -131 -325

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
January
2019
4.0%
December
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.9% 14,033
November
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.9% 14,164
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 14,373
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 13,925
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.9% 14,001
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.9% 14,096
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.9% 14,043
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 14,293
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 14,283
March
2018
4.0% 2.8% 2.8% 13,395
February
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.7% 12,941

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.